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Lamberth Commends Law Enforcement For Reducing Meth

5.24.16–Staff Reports, The Portland Sun

Last week, Tennessee state Representative William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) applauded Tennessee law enforcement for their work in reducing domestic methamphetamine production in the state.

According to a report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), meth labs in Tennessee have reduced by 69% since 2012 – the same year the state adopted the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) – a system that blocks the illegal sale of pseudoephedrine (PSE) at the point of sale, in real-time, and across state lines. PSE is an ingredient in popular cold and allergy medications that at times is used to make methamphetamine via dangerous meth labs.

“Just a few years ago, Tennessee held the unflattering distinction of leading the nation in meth labs,” said Representative Lamberth. “Today, due in large part to the work of law enforcement at all levels, our state is on a three year downward trend that has reduced meth labs nearly 70% since 2012. In fact, we witnessed a 42% reduction in meth labs in the last year alone.” Meth labs are highly volatile and can pose danger to individuals exposed to them.

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